How to stop Alexa flashing yellow light
- By: Ashley Saunders
- March 2022
The light inside your Amazon Echo device can be more interesting than those on a Christmas tree. Within seconds it can change from yellow to red to green. It can be as exciting as it is confusing. Thankfully, it’s easy to learn how to stop Alexa flashing yellow light.
Thankfully, all the different colours of light indict something unique, including connecting to Wi-Fi, new notifications, and more. It doesn’t matter if you’re still using the original Echo Dot or have upgraded to the latest, 4th gen Dot, or even an Echo Show.
And while they all use the same colour lights to denote different things, you still might wonder: why is Alexa blinking Yellow?
The yellow flashing or blinking light on your Echo shows that you have new notifications on your Amazon Account. While a spinning yellow light on your Echo means it is connecting to Wi-Fi.
Here is how to stop Alexa flashing yellow light and restore calm to your life!
Why does Alexa display a yellow light?
Your Echo device and Amazon account are linked during the initial set up. So, whenever you shop on Amazon, and the product is “Ready to Ship”, “Shipped”, or at another stage of shipment, you’ll see a notification on your Amazon account.
As your echo device responds to your Amazon account, you’ll see a yellow light on your device to inform you there is an order notification waiting.
Simply, ask Alexa and your Echo device will start reading out the notifications aloud. You will keep getting notified unless your order is shipped to you. Also, when you get any seller notifications.
Can you dismiss the Alexa Yellow Ring?
It’s easy to dismiss the Alexa yellow ring of light. Simply say one of the following:
- “What notifications do I have?”
- “What messages do I have?”
After speaking either command, your Alexa will start reading out the notifications, and the Yellow ring on Alexa will stop.
If you’d prefer to read out those messages, just log in to your Amazon account.
Can you stop Alexa from reading product names?
There are times when you don’t want Alexa to announce what you’ve ordered. Your home might be full of friends and family and you’ve purchased a gift for one of them or something embarrassing! So, keeping Alexa quiet is a must!
Thankfully, it’s easy to maintain your privacy or dignity and stop Alexa from revealing what you’ve ordered! Simply, follow these steps:
- Open the Alexa App and go to the Settings.
- Click on Notifications
- Go to Amazon Shopping
- Now, Toggle off”Give Ordered Items Titles“
- Voila! You have stopped your Alexa from reading out product names.
Can you disable yellow flashing light-order notifications on your Alexa?
If you don’t want your Echo device to show yellow flashing light as notifications appear, you’ll need to update the settings in your Alexa App.
Here are the steps you need to follow to disable the yellow ring notifications:
- Open the Alexa App on your phone
- Go to Settings
- Choose Notifications
- Select Amazon Shopping from the list
- Toggle the yellow ring notification to Off
- Toggle other delivery notifications like “Out for Delivery” & “Delivery” to off
- You are done.
Can Alexa yellow notifications be useful?
According to research by Citizens Advice, over 5m people in the UK had parcels lost or stolen in 2021 alone. So, it’s only right that online shops streamline the process to allow you to see where and when your items are coming.
So while your Echo device displaying a yellow light can be annoying, it can also be a lifesaver. Plus, who doesn’t like peace of mind, knowing their package is getting delivered soon?!
What do the other Alexa coloured lights mean?
The other coloured lights indicate different things on Alexa:
- Green: A flashing green light indicates that you have an incoming call. If you pick up the call, the green light will spin.
- Blue: When you wake Alexa (solid blue), when Alexa is processing your request (solid blue with spinning cyan), or when Alexa is responding to a command or question (alternating blue and cyan)
- Purple: Problem connecting to Wi-Fi (blinking purple), activating Do Not Disturb (spinning blue light with purple flash), or interacting with Alexa when Do Not Disturb is on (purple flash)
- Orange: Your device is connecting to your Wi-Fi network (spinning orange)
- Red: Microphone is off (solid red)
That’s how to stop Alexa flashing yellow light
As you now know how to stop Alexa flashing yellow light, consider if you should turn it off or not. There are many advantages to seeing this light on your Echo device and could help get your package delivered safely.
Thankfully, Amazon understands how annoying package theft is and they are trying to do what they can to ensure fewer packages go missing. One solution is to notify you using Alexa.
As you know what the yellow ring light is used for and why it flashes, you don’t need to panic! It simply means you have notifications on your Amazon account. So, just ask your Alexa to read or check the message by logging in to your account.
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